Teachers & Staff

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All Primary and Lower Elementary classroom lead teachers are Montessori certified. Your child’s teacher is trained to observe the individual interests and needs of each child, demonstrate the correct use of classroom materials, assess each child’s progress and needs, and guide each child to appropriate activities. Each classroom has one or more assistants who support the teacher and students.  All share the love of children and desire to assist young people as they grow toward their potential.

  • Brian Gordon

    Executive Director

    Brian Gordon was appointed as Executive Director in March 2014. Brian brings over 15 years of leadership, management, and business experience to GMA.  Originally from the Springfield, MO area, Brian graduated high school and attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY where he graduated with a BS in Computer Science/Engineering.  From there Brian served as an Intelligence Officer in the US Army for nearly seven years.  After serving in the military, Brian worked for Wal-Mart corporate for 6 years in various management positions including: Real Estate, Information Systems, and Finance.  In April 2011, Brian left Wal-Mart to start Conveniently Natural, a health focused meal delivery service, in Kansas City, MO with his wife, Kim.  Before becoming Executive Director, Brian was an active volunteer in the school serving on the GMA Board of Directors and the GMA Parent Council.  Brian is very excited and humbled to collaborate with parents, staff, and children as we expand on the unique heritage that is GMA.  In addition to his wife, Kim, Brian has two daughters, Isabelle and Adrienne, both of whom attend GMA.

  • Erin Taylor

    Program Director

    Erin Taylor was selected as Program Director in March 2014.  Erin brings to GMA extensive knowledge on childcare management, along with a background in Social Work.  Erin attended the University of Kansas where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development.  From there she attended Washburn University where she received her Master’s Degree in Social Work.  Erin will soon be sitting for her licensure test to become a LMSW (Licensed Master Social Worker).  In Erin’s last position, she spearheaded the development and launch of Imagine Drop-in Childcare in Lawrence, KS.  Imagine was only the second program in the state to focus exclusively on drop-in childcare.  Under her management Imagine served over 300 families in the first three years of operation, many of whom included at-risk children.  As a volunteer, Erin has participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County and the Lawrence St. Patrick Day Committee fundraising events. Professionally, Erin has been affiliated with the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Envoy Committee and the Lawrence Women’s Network.  She enjoys reading, KU sports, and hanging out with her 2 year old son and 10 year-old daughter.  Erin is very excited to be part of the expansion of GMA and looks forward to putting her experience to work for the staff and families of GMA.  Erin also values Montessori education as her children attended Lawrence Montessori School and Raintree Montessori School in Lawrence, KS.

  • Brandy Parr

    Lower Elementary Lead Teacher

    Brandy Parr

    Brandy Parr is the Lower Elementary teacher for ages 6–9. She holds a Montessori Elementary Diploma from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). She also holds K–6 elementary teaching credentials in both Missouri and Kansas and an Early Childhood Credential in Missouri. She has a B.A. from Kansas State University and received her traditional elementary teacher training at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. Brandy has been teaching for 12 years and has been at Global Montessori Academy since 2008.

  • Beth Phelps

    Assistant - Lower Elementary

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  • Janelle Crawford

    Children's House Lead Teacher – Galaxy Room

    Janelle Crawford

    Janelle Crawford received her Montessori certification in Primary Education from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). She studied Special Education at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee (UWM) and taught Special Education on an emergency license at Maryland Avenue Montessori in Milwaukee for two years. She attended Raintree Montessori from early childhood through sixth grade and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Janelle has been with GMA since 2012.

  • Shawna Chambers

    Assistant – Galaxy Room

    Shawna Chambers

    Shawna Chambers has a background in Early Childhood and Special Education. She has been with GMA since 2006.

  • Bernadine Dewey

    Children's House Lead Teacher - Rainbow Room

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  • Tommy Capps

    Assistant - Rainbow Room

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  • Tammy Brand

    Children's House Lead Teacher – Sunrise Room

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    Tammy received her Montessori certification through the American Montessori Society (AMS). Before she followed her dream of teaching, she worked as a broker in the health insurance industry for the over 30 yrs. Tammy has over five years of Montessori teaching experience and has been with GMA since 2010.

  • Libby McFarland

    Assistant - Sunrise Room

    Libby McFarland

    Libby graduated from University of Missouri-Kansas City with a BA in French in 2006. She completed the Montessori Foundations and Philosophy course through MEPI in the fall of 2007. Libby joined GMA in 2010.

  • Maria Guzman

    Toddler Program

    Maria Guzman

    Maria has over 11 years of Montessori experience, working in Toddler and Primary classrooms. She has been with GMA since 2009.

  • Andrea Williams

    Toddler Program

    Andrea Williams

    Andrea has an Associates Degree in Child Development from Penn Valley Community College. She has over 20 years of experience in child care and has been with GMA since 2002.